Let’s be honest…software updates can sometimes seem like an unnecessary annoyance. Just when you’ve gotten comfortable using the platform, when you’re confident that you’re using it to its full potential, along comes a change.

The thing is, good software companies, the ones that have your best interests at heart, have real, viable reasons for regular updates:

  • They’ve made the software better—more intuitive, more powerful, with a better user interface.
  • They’ve improved security—these days, when data breaches are a regular part of the daily news cycle, improved security is a cause for celebration.
  • They’ve called in the exterminators—no matter how pristine the code, there are always bugs that surface. A good company works continually to eradicate them. 

Workday® is one of those good companies. They listen to customer feedback and continually strive to improve the user experience, introduce new features, and add to their already formidable security. 

When do updates occur?

Workday® allows for users to prepare and plan for updates by making them a regular, scheduled occurrence—minor ones drop weekly and the major updates occur twice a year, in March and September.  

The importance of keeping up with Workday® updates

You wouldn’t drive a car without ever getting it serviced. The same goes for your Workday® software! There are a multitude of reasons why it’s crucial to remain up to date with Workday®:

  • New features & enhancements – Each Workday® software update brings new features and enhancements designed to optimize your business processes. These updates often address common pain points and provide innovative solutions to streamline your operations. By keeping your software up to date, you gain access to the latest capabilities, empowering your team to work more efficiently and effectively. Enhanced functionality and improved performance translate into time and money savings, ultimately boosting productivity across the organization.
  • Ensuring proper security – In an era marked by increasing cyber threats, data security is of the utmost importance. Workday® places great emphasis on maintaining the security and integrity of its software. With each update, they address known vulnerabilities and implement robust security measures to safeguard sensitive employee and financial data. By regularly updating your Workday® software, you ensure that your organization remains protected against emerging threats, reducing the risk of data breaches or unauthorized access.
  • Maintaining regulatory compliance – Legislation and regulations governing HR and finance practices are subject to continuous change. Workday® remains vigilant about regulatory compliance and updates its software accordingly. By keeping your software current, you can rest assured that your HR and finance operations align with the latest legal requirements. This reduces the risk of non-compliance penalties, reputational damage, and potential legal complications, allowing you to focus on your core business objectives with peace of mind.
  • Integration capabilities – Workday®’s software updates often include enhancements to integration capabilities and interoperability with other systems and applications. As your organization evolves, you may introduce new software or tools in order to meet specific needs. Keeping your Workday® software up to date ensures that you can seamlessly integrate these new solutions into your existing ecosystem, facilitating data exchange, process automation, and cross-functional collaboration. 
  • Access to the resources and support you need Workday® provides support and resources tailored to each software version. By keeping your software current, you can take advantage of the latest support offerings – training materials, troubleshooting assistance, and documentation – ensuring you are maximizing the value of your Workday® investment.

How do you keep up to date in Workday®?

While Workday®’s twice-a-year updates are a clear user benefit, it can also be challenging to implement the changes while keeping your employees on track and up to speed.

That’s where we come in. 

Our experienced, resourceful team guides you every step of the way through each new Workday® release. Through our 8-week program, we assess changes, figure out how they’ll impact you, and come up with an implementation plan tailored to your specific business needs, including training and support for management and staff.

Workday® is an incredibly powerful suite of tools. By working with IJA to fully adopt new releases, you ensure seamless continuity without sacrificing efficiency. Learn more about our Release Management Support.